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Phyllanthus fluitans

Phyllanthus fluitans

Scientific name: Phyllanthus fluitans

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Usual maximum size in aquariums: 0 - 4 cm (0 - 1.57 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 5.8 - 7

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)

0°C 32°F30°C 86°F

Recommended temperature: 21 - 30 °C (69.8 - 86°F)

Reproduction of the plant: Runners

Origin (in the wild): Africa

How fast these plants grow: Slow

Recommended substrate: Without substrate

Demands on lighting: Bright

Ideal placement in a fish tank: Floating



Common Name

Red Root Floater

Planting Area

This is a floating plant and should not be planted in the substrate


This plant will send out runners from the mother plant, on these there will be tiny plantlets. Once the plantlets start to grow and develop a root system, they will detach from the mother plant and become independent. If the plant starts to overtake the tank then simply pinch out the runners before the plantlets have developed.



Short Description

Thousands of years ago, this plant started life as a desert plant but has evolved to become a floating plant. With the high lighting levels it will display a red colouration in its leaves and will start to propagate quickly. Never allow it to cover too much of the water surface or it will deny light to the submerged plants below.


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